Defeating The Formidable Cockroach In Tulsa
October 30, 2019
There are many different species of cockroaches worldwide—several thousand, in fact. However, only seventy species live in the United States. Among them, there are just four species known for infesting Tulsa homes: American cockroaches, German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and Australian cockroaches. Each of these is capable of causing many problems on your Tulsa property.
Problems Caused by Cockroaches
Cockroaches are rather disgusting, filthy insects, but the problems they cause don't stop at just being creepy. These insects travel through garbage, over carrion, through sewers, and other areas filled with disease-causing bacteria and pathogens. When cockroaches infest your Tulsa home, they contaminate utensils, counter surfaces, and food items with these bacteria. Any item or surface cockroaches crawl across could become contaminated. Some of the diseases they spread include salmonella, dysentery, and E. coli. Additionally, their shed skins and feces are capable of triggering asthma attacks or allergic reactions.
What Attracts Cockroaches to Your Home
The first step in keeping your Tulsa home cockroach-free is understanding why they are attracted to your property. Cockroaches gravitate to homes that are warm, dark, and moist, which means they may find your property attractive if you have:
Leaking faucets or clogged drains
A damp garage or basement
Easily accessible food sources, such as compost piles, open trash bins, and unsealed food
If cockroaches can find a warm, dark, and damp area in your home with available food sources, your Tulsa property is at risk for an infestation.
Cockroach Prevention Tips
Now that you know what attracts cockroaches to your property, your next step is to remove those attractants from your Tulsa home and implement prevention methods.
Keep cockroaches away from your home by:
Storing all leftover food in plastic containers or the refrigerator
Sweeping your floors and wiping your counters regularly
Installing door sweeps on all exterior doorways
Replacing torn window and door screens
Sealing gaps around your foundation, exterior walls, and utility entrances
Reducing the moisture in your home by repairing leaks and installing dehumidifiers
If, despite taking preventative measures, you do end up with cockroaches in your Tulsa home, over the counter remedies are rarely effective, and may even be harmful to you, your family, or your pets. The best defense against cockroach infestations is professional cockroach control services from Montgomery Exterminating. Our service technicians are always ready to assist you with your pest control needs, no matter what pest problem you're facing. Give the professionals here at Montgomery Exterminating a call today to learn more about our year-round pest control solutions, or to schedule your free estimate.